Spreading the word on Indonesian art

Art July 23, 2017 14:00

By The Nation

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The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, Indonesia will celebrate its launch with an inaugural exhibition that includes a collection of contemporary works by iconic artists Raden Saleh, S. Sudjojono, FX Harsono, Arahmaiani, Robert Rauschenberg, Yayoi Kusama and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

It will be on display from November 4 to March 18.

Established by Indonesian philanthropist and leading collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo, the exhibition will display 90 selected artworks by more 70 artists from Asia, Europe and America to introduce Indonesian art history to the public.  

For many of the works by Indonesian artists, this presentation marks a debut viewing, and some that have not been exhibited publicly in decades – if ever – including works by Sudjana Kerton, Trubus Soedarsono, Nashar, Robert Rauschenberg, Park Seo-Bo, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, and Yukinori Yanagi.

Separated into four thematic sections, the exhibition presents a narrative that spans two centuries and offers a reading of Indonesian art history in dialogue within a larger world art context. Each part explores art from a particular period in relation to relevant social and political movements including Land, Home, People, Independence and After, Struggles around Form and Content and The Global Soup.

Bringing together a diverse range of significant artworks, the exhibition includes pieces from many prominent movements across Indonesia and abroad, including Pop Art from America and Europe, Political Pop and Cynical Realism from China, Superflat and Mono-ha from Japan, and Dansaekhwa from Korea.

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